Diess departs VW cars – Brandstätter to take over
After news broke last night, that the VW Supervisory Board had withdrawn the leadership of the VW Passenger Cars brand from Group CEO Herbert Diess, more details behind the reasoning have come to light and not all of them look very pretty.Weiterlesen
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VW to employ “aggressive” climate activist to push policies
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess says he wants to employ a young climate activist to “aggressively” question the Group’s environmental policies internally. He promises the appointee direct access to himself and other top VW executives as he hopes to hurry measures along.Weiterlesen
VW boss Herbert Diess gets frank about CO2
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess has delivered a seminal speech, depending action will follow. Essentially, the head of the major carmaker asks for binding environmental agreements across the EU, including charging networks and a higher price on carbon emissions.Weiterlesen
Volkswagen & Ford unite for self-driving electric cars
The long-expected alliance between Volkswagen and Ford is official. As part of the deal, VW will become an equal stakeholder in Ford’s self-driving cars venture, while Ford will get access to VW’s electric vehicle technology.Weiterlesen
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‘Das Auto’ is to be battery-electric
During a call, executives of VW, BMW and Daimler have agreed on a common approach towards electric mobility following Volkswagen’s recent demand for technological clarity. Insiders report the trio being in agreement that the near future belongs to battery-electric vehicles.Weiterlesen
VW opens dedicated EV platform MEB to external firms
VW confirms that the MEB platform is open to outsiders and has already announced a first partnership with the EV startup e.Go Mobile from Aachen. Meanwhile, pictures of the ID. Buggy have made it onto the network after the debut night in Geneva.Weiterlesen
EU agrees on 37.5% CO2 reduction for cars by 2030
EU negotiators finally agreed on CO2 emission rules for cars and vans and the deal is a true compromise. CO2 emissions from new cars will have to decrease by 37.5% by 2030 and 31% for vans, which is slightly above the expected 35%. Yet, punitive measures connected to the number of plug-ins sold, otherwise typical […]Weiterlesen
VW secures battery cells from array of Asian suppliers
Volkswagen has ordered batteries worth 40 billion euros or almost 50 billion dollars, which is what Tesla is worth at the stock market to date. For VW, this means they have doubled the order volume in just a month and are now ready for the Roadmap E.Weiterlesen
VW considering in-house battery cell production
Following the change in leadership, VW under Herbert Diess is considering producing their own battery cells, according to German media reports. The company is analyzing “all options, including in-house production, Joint Ventures or the purchasing of other companies competencies”, said a spokesperson.Weiterlesen
What VW’s change of the guard means for e-mobility
It’s confirmed, ex-BMW manager Dr Herbert Diess is taking over from Matthias Müller, and this sets things in motion. New brand groups are being introduced and the UV unit will be open for public investment. Interestingly, Diess will also head R&D. Editor-in-Chief, Peter Schwierz comments.Weiterlesen
Herbert Diess, Britta Gross.
“We should look at how we calculate our range.”
This is Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess warning the industry to not repeat the mistakes it made with understating emissions and to overstate range of EVs. True though at least the latter are not toxic.
“Americans’ driving patterns really don’t change with electric vehicles, so regardless of whether your vehicle has an 80-mile all-battery range or now maybe 238 like the Bolt EV, most Americans are still doing about 40 miles a day of travel commuting to and from work.”
Even though real-life range may deviate from the values stated, Britta Gross, GM’s director of advanced vehicle commercialisation policy, points out that it is more than enough for real-life driving on most days.
Herbert Diess, Ralf Speth.
“It would be desirable for the German and European industry to play a stronger role here.”
VW boss Herbert Diess cautiously calls out to fellow carmakers on the continent to look into a joint production of battery cells at an industrial scale.
“I am absolutely confident we will see battery cars faster than anybody expected on the street and therefore all of the infrastructures will catch up.”
Says Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth and we got nothing more to add other then: depends on whose expectations one is looking at.
Patrice Lucas, Herbert Diess.
“We are having some thoughts regarding ‘make or buy’ concerning the electric chain of motors, we will move the components part back to within the company, but not the battery chemicals part.”
Said PSA executive Patrice Lucas at the IAA. He wants to move production of crucial EV components back in house and also said a plan for Opel’s restructuring is due in November.
“It becomes complicated. The electric Up makes much more sense.”
VW boss Herbert Diess may put an end to the conventional Up in Europe, explaining that it will be “very hard” and expensive to decrease emission of small cars enough to meet the EU limits.
Herbert Diess, Melanie Kreis.
“Tesla is one of those competitors that possess capabilities we still don’t have.”
This compliment towards the Californians comes from Herbert Diess, head of VW’s brand management. In his eyes it is worth to acknowledge that Tesla does a good job regarding electric drive tech but also in terms of autonomous driving, driver assistance, internet connectivity and new distribution concepts.
“We are in very intense discussions with different potential customers and the talk of diesel bans has fueled those.”
According to Melanie Kreis, Chief Financial Officer of the Deutsche Post DHL Group, more and more prospective buyers are showing interest in the company’s electric delivery van StreetScooter – especially because debates on diesel emissions are currently omnipresent in Germany.
Herbert Diess, P. Balendran.
“We regard Volkswagen as the company that can stop Tesla, because we have capabilities Tesla does not have today.”
VW boss Herbert Diess talks competitive pricing ahead of the Model 3 launch and bets Volkswagen would stop Tesla “at the line of 30,000 euros.” Clearly his hopes rest on the I.D. and while the design is finalised, the serial EV is scheduled for 2020 only.
“Our product portfolio includes electric vehicles, hybrid, fuel cell among others. All this could be considered for Indian markets where we aim to roll out environment friendly vehicles.”
P. Balendran, executive director at MG Motor India, SAIC’s latest subsidiary, that is to foster the Indian market. They just took over a former GM plant in India and plan for a varied electrified portfolio.
Herbert Diess, George Galliers.
“When you think about possible successors to the Scirocco or the Beetle, you should probably think electric.”
VW’s chief Herbert Diess here catches up with expectations and raises hopes for more and rather quirky electric vehicles. Apart from that, VW continues to bet on SUVs though.
“Tesla’s unadjusted gross margin of 25 percent last year is impressive by any standard.”
Says Evercore ISI analyst George Galliers, who believes the EV maker will be able to keep this up even after the Model 3 launch. Galliers compared this growth with Porsche, saying it took Tesla three years to get where Porsche was after ten years.
Lewis Horne, Herbert Diess.
“A 90 kWh lithium iron battery that’s used to carry around one human occupant is not sustainable.”
Lewis Horne, CEO of Uniti, the Siemens-backed electric car maker from Sweden, points to the conceptual problem of any conventional car – too much material to transport too small a human.
“We certainly will have to think about a range extension for the electric Up.”
Volkswagen appears to think differently of above social sustainability and so VW brand CEO Herbert Diess wants more range for the little e-Up and also ponders a performance GTi version to increase sales. When world’s collide.
Herbert Diess, Elon Musk.
“Anything Tesla can do, we can surpass.”
Herbert Diess, head of the VW brand, shows confidence in the face of Tesla’s market presence. He claims Volkswagen will soon sell EVs at the same price as diesel models today and thus, has best chances to gain market leadership.
“The CARB credits are only effective at a production rate of about 20,000 to 30,000 vehicles a year. So that’s why you’ll see, mark my words, it’s not going to be any higher than that for the Chevy Bolt.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk here in fact accuses Chevy’s Bolt EV to be a compliance vehicle mainly and underlines his prediction with a detailed explanation of CARB credits, which he claims are of limited use to the EV maker but more beneficial to GM.
Herbert Diess, Hubertus Troska, Monika Mikac.
“This is a challenge but also an opportunity because we will quickly gain large volumes and gain sufficient scale to make electro-mobility cost effective enough so that it will also be a success in Germany and the United States.”
Volkswagen brand chief Herbert Diess said VW will invest in locally developed EV technology as he is convinced, “China will become the leading market for electromobility.”
“We’re not concerned about technology transfer.”
Diess’ colleague Hubertus Troska, Daimler’s board member responsible for China, tried to make an equally brave stance as well in Mercedes’ bid to keep a foot in the market by holding on to local partners.
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“Maybe with hypercars, we will first have the step of going to hybrid version, different kind of hybrid versions, but then I think the final step for everybody is going 100 percent electric.”
Monika Mikac, COO of Rimac Automobili, has no doubts about the future of hypercars. For the Croatian it is the present already obviously as Rimac displays the fully electric Concept One in New York.
Herbert Diess, Håkan Samuelsson, Andy Palmer.
“I am confident that already the first cars will be profitable, not hugely profitable but profitable.”
VW brand boss Herbert Diess shows confidence in the firm’s first MEB model, the VW I.D. that he believes will be profitable from the start.
“Looking further down the line, at under 95 [g/km by 2020], diesel will not be able to help us. Only electrification can.”
Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson leaves no doubt about where we are going in the future, or better how – electric, esp. as he considers “improving the efficiency of the combustion engine more or less done, so the next step has to be hybridization and pure-electric cars.”
“The next thing you will see is that some cities demand you have an electric car on certain days.”
Says Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer, who also confirmed the electric RapidE for 2018, which will render the petrol variant redundant.
Vidar Helgesen, Herbert Diess, Detlev von Platen.
“This is a milestone on Norway’s road to an electric car fleet.”
Norwegian’s minister of environment Vidar Helgesen comments on the fact, that more than half of all car registrations in Norway have been hybrid or electric vehicles so far in 2017.
“Now, if we go back there, we have to take Tesla seriously, and of course that is what we are doing with our electric strategy.”
Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess had to admit that the success of the Model S has forced the brand to redevelop its luxury saloon Phaeton, which is due in around 2020.
“We have other ideas beyond the Mission E.”
Says Porsche’s sales chief Detlev von Platen. He also hinted at the Macan as well as the 911 being electrified at least partially rather sooner than later. Given VW’s electrification strategy, his statement rings particularly true.
Herbert Diess, Finbar McFall, Oliver Blume.
“At the moment we assume that we will offer no new diesel vehicles in the U.S.”
VW brand chief Herbert Diess is ready to say goodbye to diesel technology and focus on electrification plans in the U.S. Framework conditions there just make it impossible to continue offering diesel engines.
“We will have plug-in hybrids very soon, even ahead of the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace.”
Finbar McFall, Global Product and Strategy executive at Jaguar Land Rover, says that by 2020, half of the carmaker’s vehicles sold will have some form or electric or hybrid drivetrain. The I-Pace will launch 2018, so it seems we can expect to see PHEV models from JLR next year.
“Mission-E has our whole concentration at the moment. Today we don’t even think about an electric 911.”
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume says that in the carmaker’s line-up, “real combustion engines” will most likely co-exist with electric drivetrains for about the next ten years. He doesn’t know what the future holds, but an electric 911 is currently not in the pipeline.
Hillary Clinton, Herbert Diess, Jean-Marc Gales.
“Some country is going to be the clean energy superpower of the 21st century and create millions of jobs and businesses. I want it to be us.”
U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in her Full Economic Speech, in which she called for investments for building roads and electric grids.
“By 2025, our brand shall be in a leading position in the field of e-mobility worldwide and produce 1m electric cars a year.”
Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess on electrification. He also mused about building an alliance of research institutes, manufacturers, and suppliers to secure battery production in the European market.
“For a sports car, no. For an SUV, yes.”
Is the answer of Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales, when asked if a hybrid variant would make sense for the British sports car maker. Lotus is hoping to produce a SUV in China, and to return to the U.S. eventually.
Herbert Diess, Pam Fletcher, Elon Musk.
“If there ever was a chance for outsiders to enter the automotive industry, than that chance is now.”
Volkswagen’s brand chief Herbert Diess reminds established players not to take potential competitors lightly. He specifically referred to Apple and other start-ups that only have to think about EVs out loud to find “billions” in funding.
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“The Bolt EV is really a purpose-built car for the sharing economy. That’s a completely different story than ‘Where are gas prices at?’ Forget it. That’s not the conversation anymore.”
Pam Fletcher, EV chief engineer at GM, makes it clear that the manufacturer is aiming at the masses. It recently invested in ridesharing company Lyft to set up an autonomous part of the latter’s fleet, featuring the new Chevy Bolt.
“It will meet you wherever your phone is and it will just automatically charge itself along the entire journey.”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the new “summon” function of the Autopilot will probably be optimised 2018. By then, EV owners will not have to wait for their car to exit or enter the garage, but can call to and from wherever they wish.
Herbert Diess, Klaus Fröhlich, David Adams.
“We are developing completely new and unique vehicle concepts – especially designed for long-distance electromobility.”
Herbert Diess , Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand, comments on the newly unveiled BUDD-e concept. With a 233 mile range (533 km), it can definitely go the distance.
“A battery electric sports car doesn’t make sense. An electric vehicle relies on your average energy consumption and if you take on a track like the Nurburgring, you are looking at maybe one lap before you have battery degradation.”
Klaus Fröhlich, head of research and development at BMW, does not believe in electric racing cars, saying they will never be greener than a hybrid. In his eyes, the same is true for sports cars…
“If a program is going to be put in place, I think there needs to some long-term funding for the incentive program. It doesn’t help if the program is sort of on again and off again.”
Global Automakers of Canada president David Adams criticises the subsidy programme for PHEVs that started in British Columbia in April. The 7.5m dollars earmarked for the programme were to last three years. But 5.6m dollars have already been used up.
Herbert Diess, Mark Fields, Kevin Rose.
“We are developing a special vehicle architecture that foresees the installation of flat batteries. This will be a breakthrough for us.”
VW brand chief Herbert Diess announces a breakthrough in battery technology that will lead to longer range EVs and ultimately to increased demand of PHEVs.
“We’re doing it for two reasons. One is that people love electric vehicles when they try them, and secondly the regulatory requirements are hard to meet.”
Ford CEO Mark Fields surprisingly puts the fun of driving before regulatory pressure when asked about the reasoning behind Ford’s electrification. In the aftermath of COP21, carmakers must expect emission rules to tighten even more.
“There are things in terms of an electric car that are very Bentley. It’s very quiet. It provides lots of torque. And it’s fast. Electric is very Bentley.”
Bentley’s sales and marketing boss Kevin Rose makes it look like the brand will eventually give its all-electric EXP 10 Concept the go ahead. Parent company VW should be all over it by now.